Motorola RAZR i pictures and hands-on

Motorola has pulled the covers off its collaborative device with Intel and the result is the Motorola RAZR i. As predicted, and as we confirmed previously, the RAZR i is the RAZR M launched in the US, now running on Intel hardware.

We caught up with the Motorola RAZR i at the London launch of the new Android smartphone to see what it has in stock.

The big story for Motorola here is that the RAZR i comes with a 2.0GHz Intel Atom processor. It's the first single-core 2.0GHz Atom phone to hit the market, jumping ahead of the likes of the Orange San Diego launched earlier in the year, also on Intel. 

But does it really make a difference in performance? It's difficult to tell in the time we've spent with the phone so far, but it certainly seamed snappy to zip around the user interface.

One of the things that Motorola is really talking up is the camera. We have to admit, a press of the camera button sees the interface open almost instantly, which is really impressive. Of course, we can't judge how well the camera actually performs, but first impressions are good.

One of the features of that camera is a burst mode capture. Hold the button an it will rattle off photos at a rate of faster than 10fps. It's a trick we've seen from the likes of the HTC One series too and while a great feature, a phone is more than just a camera.

In the hand, the RAZR i feels solid. It exhibits a high-quality of construction, with premium materials used throughout. The Kevlar back is not only strokeably smooth, it's also strong and light.

And that's the enduring impression of this phone: it's compact, it's light in the hand, but it feels solid.

The 4.3-inch display on the front is bright and vibrant. It's AMOLED, so has that rich, slightly over-saturated look to it, but there really is very little bezel around it.

It's launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Motorola told us today there would be an upgrade, but wouldn't be pushed on when that might happen: as this is an Intel device, it's likely to have a different schedule to the RAZR M in the US.

There will be no 4G support in the UK, sadly. Not on EE or any future bandwidth auctioned by Ofcom in 2013.

Despite that, first impressions are good. It's a neatly put together phone, but the real proof of the Intel-Moto pudding will be in the eating, when we subject the handset to a full review in the coming weeks.

The Motorola RAZR i will be available from the beginning of October.



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